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Telecommunications

  • November 15, 2011

    Golden Globes Producer Wants Later Broadcast Rights Trial

    Dick Clark Productions Inc. on Monday asked a California federal judge to delay the Golden Globes producer’s broadcast rights trial against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, saying a January trial would distract from the awards ceremony itself, set to air that month.

  • November 15, 2011

    BBC Worldwide Appoints First General Counsel

    BBC Worldwide Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corp., on Thursday named Martyn Freeman, head of the company's legal and business affairs group, as its first general counsel.

  • November 15, 2011

    MetroPCS, Ford, Mercedes Sued Again Over Call Locator IP

    Tendler Cellular of Texas LLC on Tuesday launched a second lawsuit against MetroPCS Communications Inc., Ford Motor Co. and Mercedes-Benz USA LLC over their alleged infringement of the company's patent for wireless location identification.

  • November 15, 2011

    NY High Court Affirms Sirius Win In Radio Licensing Fight

    New York's highest court on Tuesday upheld an arbitration victory for Sirius XM Radio Inc., the latest ruling to favor the satellite radio company in its five-year contract dispute with U.S. Electronics Inc. over the development and sale of satellite radio receivers.

  • November 14, 2011

    SEC Strikes Deals In $8.6M China Voice Ponzi Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday tentatively settled with China Voice Holding Corp.'s former chief financial officer and several other players over an alleged $8.6 million Ponzi scheme run by the telecom provider.

  • November 14, 2011

    MSNBC Gets Ex-Reporter's Defamation Claims Trimmed

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday axed defamation claims from a suit accusing MSNBC Cable LLC and two of its top players of improperly firing a former entertainment reporter, but left breach of contract allegations intact.

  • November 10, 2011

    MSNBC Sued For Profits From Film About MJ's Doctor

    Cardiology imaging company Digirad Imaging Solutions Inc. sued MSNBC Cable LLC and others Wednesday in California, seeking to collect on a $147,000 judgment against Dr. Conrad Murray over the proceeds of a documentary that features the cardiologist, who was convicted of manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death.

  • November 9, 2011

    2nd Circ. Denies Cablevision's Bid To Hold HD Monopoly

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday brought Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. a step closer to carrying high-definition New York sports broadcasts that now exclusively run on Cablevision Systems Corp. channels, denying a Cablevision appeal.

  • November 9, 2011

    Subcontractor Cops To Lying To TVA About Inspections

    A subcontractor working on a $2.5 billion Tennessee Valley Authority project admitted on Wednesday to lying about the inspection of cables that powered safety equipment at a nuclear power plant, about a week after a co-worker was sentenced to probation on similar charges.

  • November 9, 2011

    AOL Hit With $10M Verdict Over Online Filtering IP

    A New York federal jury on Friday handed down a $10 million verdict against AOL Inc., finding the company’s online parental control features infringed a patent held by Bascom Global Internet Services Inc.

  • November 9, 2011

    Samsung Wins Look At IPhone Contracts In Aussie IP Row

    An Australian judge on Wednesday ordered Apple Inc. to turn over its iPhone contracts with mobile phone carriers in Australia, granting a request by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in the companies' global battle over touch screen patents.

  • November 9, 2011

    China To Probe State Telecoms In Test For Monopoly Law

    Chinese officials have launched an antitrust probe into the broadband business of two state-controlled telecommunications giants, China Telecom Corp. and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., state-run media said Wednesday, in an investigation sure to test China's relatively young anti-monopoly law.

  • November 9, 2011

    Monster Says Headphone Mark Doesn't Infringe Dolby's

    Monster Cable Products Inc. on Tuesday sued Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corp., asking a California federal court to declare that Monster’s new headphone trademark does not infringe a similar mark belonging to Dolby.

  • November 8, 2011

    Ex-Motorola Engineer Took Nonpublic Info: Witness

    Documents that a former Motorola Inc. employee attempted to bring on a one-way flight to China did contain generally nonpublic information about the company's proprietary cellular technology, a current Motorola engineer testified Tuesday at the ex-worker's trade secrets bench trial in Illinois.

  • November 8, 2011

    Apple Slams Motorola Bid To Add Products To IP Fight

    Apple Inc. urged a Florida federal court on Monday to reject Motorola Mobility Inc.'s bid to bring three more Apple products — iTunes, the iPhone 4S and the iCloud — into a heated patent war between the tech giants over wireless and smartphone innovations.

  • November 8, 2011

    Judge Won't Consider New Evidence In Verizon IP Fight

    A Virginia federal judge on Monday refused to reconsider the validity of a Verizon Communications Inc. on-demand video patent the cable company accused ActiveVideo Networks Inc. of infringing in a dispute that ultimately netted ActiveVideo $140 million in damages.

  • November 7, 2011

    Verizon Wants Local Carrier's Antitrust Suit Nixed

    Verizon Communications Inc. on Friday asked a Florida federal court to toss bankrupt telephone service provider Astro Tel Inc.'s lawsuit accusing the company of abusing its control of telecommunications infrastructure to obstruct AstroTel’s ability to serve its subscribers.

  • November 7, 2011

    Motorola Engineer Stole Secrets For Chinese Rival: Feds

    An ex-Motorola Inc. software engineer charged with trade secrets theft and economic espionage led a "double life" while she plotted to steal the company's cellular technology for a Chinese competitor looking to work with that nation's military, a prosecutor told an Illinois federal judge Monday.

  • November 7, 2011

    AT&T Violates E-Pay Patent, Suit Claims

    An electronic payments processor on Friday launched a patent infringement suit against AT&T Corp. in Illinois, accusing the telecom giant and its affiliates of unlawfully leeching off a patented payment collection system through its Express Pay payment service.

  • November 4, 2011

    Reps. Knock Opt-Out Facet Of Verizon’s Targeted Ad Plans

    Two U.S. congressmen said Friday they were concerned that Verizon Communications Inc. and Verizon Wireless were requiring customers to opt out of rather than affirmatively opt in to programs that share information about them to aid advertising efforts.